Memory and forgetting in Nellie5 min read 21 Aug 2015, 09:53 PM IST
A film-maker recounts her experience of researching and making a film on the survivors of the 1983 massacre in Assam
Before Gujarat or Mumbai, there was Nellie. On 18 February 1983, more than 2,000 Bengali-speaking Muslims were killed in Nellie and its 13 surrounding villages in Assam. The attack lasted 6 hours—from 9am-3pm. The attackers hacked in cold blood, using machetes and other weapons. Eighty per cent of those who died were women, children and the elderly.